Economic survival: Sokoto must look beyond oil -Tambuwal
By; Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna.
In view of the financial challenges being faced by Nigeria where states are finding it difficult to pay workers salaries and some getting financial bailout from the Federal Government in an economy solely depended on oil, the Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal said it is time for Sokoto State to look beyond oil for survival.
Speaking at a two-day retreat organised for political office holders and senior government officials from the state in Kaduna Wednesday, Tambuwal said even though various states now face financial challenges, looking inwards and away from federation allocation guarantees future security.
He said as societies evolve, governments must evolve new ways to deliver quality service to the citizens.
According to him: “Public service today faces varied challenges which we may not have been taught while we were in school. With the advent of social media and citizen awareness, it has become imperative for us to run the affairs of government in the most transparent manner.
“So we envisage that, deliberations and brainstorming sessions at this retreat will have far-reaching impact in evolving policies and programmes that will guide us to address the yearnings and aspirations of the electorate who gave us their mandate with the hope that we will ensure good governance.”
Tambuwal urged the participants to reduce rancour and promote cooperation for the smooth running of government.
He said friction among functionaries of government, irrespective of whatever arms or tier they belong to, is only possible if they resort to personal or selfish indulgence as against genuine commitment to public interests.
“Roles and functions have been clearly streamlined and procedures sufficiently articulated and delineated.
“I strongly believe that ambiguities are only created if, and only if, public need is sacrificed on the altar of vested interest,” he added.